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January 10th, 2005, 11:19 pm
Okay, my most favorite book on earth is To Kill a Mockingbird, and I was just wondering if anyone else loves it as well.
Who has read those really bad alternate endings where Jem dies and such? Oh I hate those!
Anyways, any takers for this subject?
January 10th, 2005, 11:21 pm
Aside from Harry Potter of course, I'd say TKAM is one of my favorite books also. I'm a freshman in High School in the States and we have to read it as a requirement, as I usually don't like the books we have to read, but I loved TKAM! I actually have a final on it in 2 weeks - which I have to start studying for. Atticus ROCKS - he's my hero :).
January 11th, 2005, 1:48 am
It also is one of the few stories where the movie has tried to be as faithful as possible to the book and did a good job of it. They had to simplify all the class and cultural divisions of course given the time and narrative constraints of a movie, but it's remarkably faithful. A local movie reviewer named it as the scariest horror movie ever - no gore, no gruesomeness, just the utter plausibility of the whole situation.
January 11th, 2005, 3:37 pm
I think the only large parts they took out were Christmas with the Finches and Mrs. Dubose in the movie. I guess they took out Aunt Alexandra...and the snow storm, but the snow storm isn't really neccesary.
January 11th, 2005, 8:37 pm
It's definetly not my favorite book, but I have read it for school this year in my English Honors. I'd say my favorite character was Atticus, as he was a very interesting character that kept me from throwing the book out the window from boredom. That Radley kid reminded me of Tom Riddle, but don't ask me the exact reason why. I think perhaps the sinster laugh Scout heard when she landed on his porch then ran away at top speed.
January 11th, 2005, 11:15 pm
He reminded you of Tom Riddle? Where did that come from. :) That's strange.
Why didn't you like it?
January 11th, 2005, 11:49 pm
I love To Kill a Mockingbird . It's great with adressing the heavy social issues of the time, but it's still from a cute eight-year-old perspective...Well, that makes it sound like a kid's book, which it isn't. I like how there's almost two different story lines too; the trial and Scout growing up.
That Radley kid reminded me of Tom Riddle, but don't ask me the exact reason why.
Without talking about the ending too much (I don't like it when people spoil books for me, so I try not to do it to others): I think Boo Radley is exactly the oppisite of Tom Riddle.
January 12th, 2005, 1:57 am
Twas a great book, just a little depressing about Tom Robinson. Also, my dad's a lawyer and he says that if he has trouble with a case he always thinks, "What would Atticus do?"
January 12th, 2005, 2:01 am
I had to read it last year in sophomore year English, and it was a lot better than I expected. A lot of other students warned us how boring it was, but it wasn't really. We finished within a few days of the end of school and watched a little of the movie. I hated what happened to Tom Robinson.
January 12th, 2005, 2:14 am
I had to read To Kill a Mockingbird in grade school (I want to say 7th or 8th grade... ...I'm a frosh in college now) and I absolutely loved it. It's the type of book that feels like a true life story, it's very realistic, and has a lot of suspense and a good plot line to it. There are a few books that I read over and over (besides Harry Potter...even before I started reading Harry Potter in fact) and this is one of them.
January 12th, 2005, 2:44 am
I love To Kill a Mockingbird more than any book, yes including Harry Potter.
January 12th, 2005, 2:49 am
My mother was big on taking me to the movie. I saw to Kill a Mockingbird and was so moved. I found the book and read it. It's one of my favorite books. It is so sad. It's hard to understand that kind of hate.
January 12th, 2005, 2:55 pm
It is sort of hard to understand that hate. I had never thought of that. Good point.
January 13th, 2005, 12:11 am
To Kill A Mocking Bird is one of my all time favorite books, I read it in 6th or 7th grade afor school, and next year or the year after I have to read it again and I am super excited, and my class did the play of it, we were so good we were all 12 and 13 year olds and we made it into the paper because we were so awsome! I tried out for Scout but my teacher said I had to be challenged so she put me in a role that was, in her words, "opposite to my personality"...any guesses?...it was Bob Ewell, man it was so hard playing a rascist pig...yeah so To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorites and Gregory Peck did such a good jod as atticus. and just to clear this up I was playing a man even though I am a woman because I went to a girls middle school when putting on this preformance and SOMEONE had to play the men
January 13th, 2005, 4:07 am
TKAM is one of my favorite books, I read it when I was 12 one summer, and had to read it for H English freshman year, but i loved it. Last year, we had to do some mondo research paper on one of the top 100 movies on some list, and I chose TKAM, because the movie is almost as good as the book. Gregory Peck was the perfect Atticus, in my mind.
Anyway, I watch that movie every year before I go back to school, because it reminds me of being a little kid, and every time I see it, I cry.
I had no idea there were books with alternative endings, did Harper Lee write them? or was this some other author's interpretation? Just wondering lol.
January 13th, 2005, 4:23 am
I love TKAM! I had to read it in an English class, and I loved it. Definitely one of my favorites. We watched the movie in class, too. No one except me paid attention. Everyone kept saying things like, "It's in black and white," and "It's so old." I could barely stop myself from getting up in front of the class and giving them all a lecture on the merits of clasic books and movies.
January 13th, 2005, 4:27 am
the freshmen in our high school are required to read it too~
i thought it was a good book but its not on my favorites list. i wouldnt read it again.
have you seen the movie?? its from the 60's.. i think we should have a remake of it so its in color :D and better. haha
January 13th, 2005, 4:55 am
I don't think that they should remake the movie. It is too perfect as it is, and nobody can replace Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Did you know that Harper Lee actually wrote the character Atticus with Gregory Peck in mind? I found that so ironic. I'm glad that I read it before English class forced me, because I usually don't like books that I read first in English class, even if they are glorious. Number the Stars was ruined that way. :)
January 13th, 2005, 4:57 am
I didn't like Scout in the movie. It totally destroyed how I had imagined her while I was reading the book and she seemed annoying in the movie.
January 13th, 2005, 5:00 am
That may be, but I still think that the Atticus and the Jem are both unreplaceable. They are too perfect for the parts. I really, really liked the Jem, and Gregory Peck is just... he's the closest person to hot that I've ever seen (I'm very picky about boys).
January 13th, 2005, 5:09 am
Ooh I LOVE that book! We read it in yr 10 English and I loved it. Recently my best friend read it and she didn't like it at all... I couldn't believe it when she told me! I don't understand how anyone could NOT like it! :wow:
January 13th, 2005, 5:13 am
Isn't it such a shame that Harper Lee didn't write any others? With all that talent! (She was a lawyer. She isn't an author really)
January 13th, 2005, 5:23 am
I read it 8th grade we were the only 8th grade english class reading it that year. We watched the movie afterwards and I thought the book was really good. I'll admit that at first I didn't want to read it looked boring. But after getting into the book I started liking it more and more. And Atticus was so awesome.
January 13th, 2005, 3:12 pm
Atticus, suprisingly, was not actually my favorite character. I really liked Jem. I don't even know why. I just...do.
January 14th, 2005, 4:00 am
I love To Kill a Mockingbird. 'Tis my favorite book aside from Harry Potter. I swear that the next time I get to name something, I'll name it Atticus.
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